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Trump: witch-hunt driving a false wedge between US, Russia
President Trump addresses nuclear proliferation, the European Union and media attacks. On ‘Hannity,’ the President calls Strzok a “disgrace” for the country and the FBI.
President Trump said on Monday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation “driven a wedge between us and Russia” after his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Maybe we have mowed down, wedge, but it has said wedges, and President Putin, that” Trump Fox News’ Sean Hannity said in an exclusive interview. “One of the first things he said when we started was, “It’s really a shame, because we could do so much good’ … And you were driving a false wedge, it is a fake witch hunt, rigged to deal with guys like [FBI agent] Peter Strzok and [former FBI Director], James Comey and [former FBI Deputy Director Andrew] McCabe … and you can imagine who else. It is a real shame.”
Monday-summit took place three days after a grand jury indicted 12 Russian secret agents on charges of Cyber-attacks on democratic organizations during the 2016 election campaign. At a press conference after the meeting, Putin Russian government have offered to lawyers, the question of the alleged agent, and added that Müller could be the team of investigators present for the questioning, to return when the U.S. officials would “.”
Trump told Hannity, he was fascinated “” of Putin’s proposal, but then appeared to close them, to say that the special counsel’s team “probably don’t want to go.”
“The 13-angry Democrats? You think you’re going to want to go to? I don’t think so,” said Trump, to describe the with one of his usual phrases, Müller – investigators.
The President added that the Russian state was the chief “outraged, the talk about” the charges and noted that Putin, “said there was absolutely no collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016.
“I think it’s a shame … we are talking about all these other things, and we to questions, the “witch-hunt”,” Trump said. “And I don’t think that people buy out in the country, but reporters like to give it a shot. I thought that President Putin was very, very strong.”
In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Putin said he was “not interested” in the Miller investigation, calling it part of “the internal political games of the USA.”
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Trump told Hannity that he and Putin had “a very long meeting, and it was a good session.”
“It was only said the two of us and interpreters” Trump, “and at the end of this session, I think we really did a lot of good conclusions.”
He continued, “I think we do really well with today’s Russia. I thought, I think we did horrible today … we really had a potential problem.”
The President said that the biggest Problem between Russia and the United States, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, Recalling how the two countries 90 percent “of the world”-nuclear-weapons “and we had to deal with a false witch-hunt that divide us.”
“I know that President Obama said that global warming is our biggest problem, and I would say, no, it is the nuclear heating said our biggest problem by a factor of about five million,” Trump. “The nuclear problem … we need to be very careful.”
The President added that Putin told him “he wants to be very helpful with North Korea.” However, Trump said: “We are doing well with North Korea [so] we have the time. There is no hurry, it has been years for many.
“You know, we have our hostages back, there are no Tests, there were no nuclear explosions … it was wrote not a rocket over Japan, not missiles over Japan [for] nine months and the relationship is very good, you saw the nice letter from [Kim Jong Un],” Trump said. “And so I think a lot of good things are happening. But President Putin is very much in the making of this all.”
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Trump also criticized the media coverage for his behaviour in last week’s NATO summit in Brussels, where he will spend a concern about the other members of the Alliance to honor its commitments to, two per cent of their gross domestic product (GDP) for the military.
“The media was very unfair,” he said. “I raised $44 billion, and the Secretary-General [of NATO] said: ‘He raised $44 billion, and it was only President Trump,” because I said: ‘Otherwise, we need to start thinking about our relationship to NATO.’ I also said this: NATO is wonderful, but it helps Europe much more than it helps us. And yet, we pay for 90 percent.
“So, I was amazed [that] much of the media said that I was hard – very hard and mean to the foreign heads of state and government, and I was not really at all. But I wanted to added to say, ‘you have to pay,'” trump card.
The President later, he returned, in the Russia investigation, strike Strzok about his testimony before the House of deputies last week, calling him a “total phony.”
“It is a very hypocritical business, and you know, you have to find out who has Peter Strzok report, because it was Comey, and it was McCabe, but it was probably Obama,” Trump said. “[Strzok is] a disgrace to our country. He is a disgrace to the great FBI. It’s A Shame. And how he is paid, beyond belief.”
Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Brooke Singman and Alex helped Pappas to this report.